Why you want to think twice before using viral AI portrait app Lensa

Lensa AI, a photo editing app launched in 2018, became a viral sensation last month after launching its "magic avatars" feature. The app's popularity has flooded social media timelines with AI-generated portraits, but critics are raising concerns over privacy and ethics, NBC News reports.

The app's newest feature allows users to upload ten or more images to be reimagined into various art styles. Lensa AI technology utilizes neural network Stable Diffusion to create 50 unique portraits, which users can download for $7.99. The virality of the portraits helped the app reach the top of the iOS App Store's "Photo & Video" category earlier this month.

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